I've been thinking about evolution, and it has occurred to me that there are 3 problems with it. 1.) evolution by definition is a reactionary process, so how can it look forward - eg how can we as…Continue
"Oh, and Eric, I spoke only for myself, and we all know it, so don't try to blame your departure on me. A very sweet, bright young lady theist, Anna Silva, came on the board recently, and it was clear that she was not very knowledgeable…"
"I am not sure why I am saying this since Mr. James is apparently gone, but I feel the need to say it anyway. I will not think ill thoughts towards him because of this discussion. I am grateful for the understanding I have about…"
"What you are getting at seems to be the question, "where did our ability to imagine come from?" After all, that's what we are doing when we ask the question: what if this happened? We are imagining a possible scenario. The problem is…"
"It appears from archaeopteryx's reply that I have outstayed my welcome, so I will bid you all adieu. Thank you for you comments and explanations. I will read the books you've suggested over the Christmas break - between I hope a good…"
"I'm not sure if I understand your 'what if' question properly. Are you asking how species with the ability to ask 'what if?' could arise in a blind process like evolution; or are you asking how the process of evolution…"
"@Eric, we gave you those book titles because no one here has the time, and likely not the inclination to spend hours educating you on how evolution works. I had assumed you would go read, at least the one book, then return to the board with your new…"
"Progressive based on what - previous results of natural selection with large amounts of time, environment and error thrown in - it's still a reaction to what has gone before - it still doesn't have the ability to look forward and speculate."
"I must protest this; it's not a dichotomy between "religious" and "understanding of evolution"; it's quite possible to be both, and it's certainly possible to be neither. I've run into many an atheist…"
"1.) evolution by definition is a reactionary process, so how can it look forward - eg how can we as end results of the process ask "what if?"
No, it's not "reactive." There is nothing reacting to anything. It's a…"
"It is a journey Ed, and the more I learn the more my mind is becoming freerer and challenged. And it's great. I'll never stop reading and exploring - have you every read any of Francis Schaeffer's work? I haven't for a long time,…"